Life and Style Macmillan Cancer have warned older cancer patients are being judged 'too old' for treatment

Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.

David Cameron 'shutting out' NHS reform critics, says Ed Miliband

David Cameron is facing pressure to allow healthcare professionals to take part in tomorrow's summit on NHS reforms.

BMA expresses concerns over roll out of NHS helpline

Doctors' leaders have written to the Government over “serious misgivings” about the rollout of a new number for non-emergency services.

Israel rejects Palestinian hunger-striker's appeal

A Palestinian prisoner who human rights organisations say may be "approaching death" after 58 days on hunger strike has lost his appeal against an order holding him for four months without trial.

Opt-out on organ donation planned

Wales is looking to become the first UK country to introduce an opt-out scheme for organ donation – where a patient is considered to have given consent for their organs to be used unless they have made it clear they do not – after a report cast doubt on whether the current system could meet growing demand.

Andrew Lansley: The Health Secretary said he was determined to drive the Bill into law

Ministers 'fully behind' NHS plans

Downing Street dismissed suggestions today that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley should be sacked and insisted ministers were "fully behind" his NHS reforms.

David Cameron quashes speculation over Andrew Lansley's future

David Cameron today sought to quash speculation over the survival of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and his controversial NHS shake-up.

Leading article: Don't let vested interests skew the NHS debate

Doctors can, of course, have fair concerns; but they must be understood in context
The NHS shake-up is hindering efforts to find ways of slashing health spending, MPs warned today

Lansley defends NHS reforms after scathing report from MPs

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has defended his reorganisation of the NHS, describing a highly critical report by MPs as “out of date” and “unfair” to the health service.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley can boast of being the minister who pulled in a record crowd in the House of Lords to vote on the NHS reforms

Nurses chief rejects Andrew Lansley's claims

The head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said he "utterly rejects" a Government claim that opposition to the health Bill is actually about pensions.

Teachers reject final Government pension offer

The Government remained embroiled in a row over public sector pensions tonight after failing to win the endorsement of its final offer from the country's biggest teaching unions.

Health workers reject final Government pension offer

Leaders of 100,000 health service workers today rejected the Government's final offer on pensions, dealing a blow to hopes that the bitter dispute could soon be resolved.

The Government and the Labour Party are being urged to overhaul England's 'failing' social care system

'Failing' care system putting elderly at risk

The Government and the Labour Party are being urged to overhaul England's “failing” social care system, which experts say is leaving 800,000 elderly people “lonely, isolated and at risk”.

Pontefract hospital where Dr Michalak was harassed and falsely accused

£4.5m payout for doctor hounded out of job for having baby

The financial crisis engulfing three hospitals in Yorkshire was dramatically worsened yesterday after an employment tribunal awarded £4.5m compensation to a consultant who was hounded out of her job.

Call to ban alcohol sales at 'pocket money prices'

Thousands of lives could be saved if cheap alcoholic drinks were made more expensive, medical experts said.

NHS reforms causing chaos, says BMA

The Government's reforms of the NHS "continue to cause chaos" on the ground, doctors leaders said today.

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